Do I think I’m successful? Do you think I know how to succeed in business?
In many ways – the answer is ‘yes’. I’ve certainly achieved a lot of my professional and personal goals in life.
But I’ve also had failures along the way. Setbacks are all part of a man’s journey to success.
The many different experiences I’ve gone through over the years have been incredibly valuable to me. They’ve been my source of inspiration for knowing what works and what doesn’t. After all – with experience comes knowledge and wisdom.
But what if you’re starting out? How can you know the dos and don’ts of building a business if you lack the experience necessary to have gained wisdom in the school of hard knocks?
Gents, that’s where I come in. I’m going to take you through 18 of the lessons I’ve learned over the years, so you guys don’t have to make the same mistakes in order to grow as entrepreneurs.
Let’s get started.
Business Lesson #1 – No Man Is An Island
When I first became an entrepreneur 10 years ago, I was on my own. A lone wolf.
I had all the ideas, but I never took the time to share these ideas with like-minded men. Guys, this was a great hindrance to my personal development as a business owner.
I’m much happier now, not just because my business has been making money, but also because of the people I’ve made connections with. Humans are social beings, after all.
An entrepreneur’s journey shouldn’t be a solo one. There are people who’ll want to support you. People who’ve been there and got the t-shirt who can provide solid advice. Kind of like what I’m doing for you gents in this article.
This may sound odd, but reach out to other entrepreneurs in your industry.
That’s right, your competitors. Why? They’ll be your best buddies. I enjoy hanging out with Aaron Marino (Alpha M) because our businesses thrive within the same niche.
Through friendly competition and beneficial collaboration, we push each other to excel in ways we never thought we could. Competition is the fuelling factor behind men that know how to succeed in business.
Business Lesson #2 – Build Good Relationships
How would you react to a guy who approaches you and says, “Hi, I’m __. I have this great business idea. Want to work with me?”
Why not? Because as an entrepreneur, you’re not hard-selling on the street.
The key to developing good business relationships is being personable – let other people warm up to you and your ideas before throwing business plans in their faces.
Go in too strong, and you might only turn them off by clearly showing your agenda before getting to know them.
To build real relationships, you need to connect with people personally – life isn’t all about brass tax.
Next time you’re at a networking event, try starting conversations with small talk. Finding out common interests will help you learn how to succeed in business.
Let your conversation be organic, and trust that the subject of business will come up naturally in the flow of friendly conversation.
Business Lesson #3 – Prioritize Your Time
Instead of saying “I don’t have time” for this or that, simply tell yourself to avoid doing what’s NOT important.
When you plan your time, it’s vital that you immediately pinpoint whether or not a certain task is a priority (meaning it’ll directly affect your business).
Considering scheduling an hour into your day to play video games with your buddies? Fine – but just think about what else you could be doing with that time. Could you instead spend that hour researching in your field of business?
Now – I’m not saying to completely rid yourself of your social life. That will just lead to business burnout which is a dangerous thing.
What I am saying is consider your time as the most valuable thing you own. Spend it wisely and make sure the majority of it goes towards improving what you’re passionate about. Self-awareness is a key factor when considering how to succeed in business.
Business Lesson #4 – Say NO More Often Than You Say YES
Being a “yes” man is dangerous. If there are more things you commit to instead of reject, you’ll be saying no to the crucial stuff later on.
Your time is finite. Your energy for the day is limited. So outside of family and those you’re obliged to, avoid accepting requests that may compromise your business goals.
If people know you as a guy that rarely says yes to a proposition, chances are they’ll take you more seriously when you do come around to their ideas and suggestions.
Business Lesson #5 – Apply The Pareto Principle
Have you ever heard of the “80-20 Rule” by economist Vilfredo Pareto?
For those not in the know – it’s an economical theory founded in 1906 when Pareto discovered that 20% of the Italian people owned 80% of all the wealth in Italy.
From this statistic, Pareto formulated the broader theory that 20% of your efforts in anything yields 80% of your total return.
So what’s the point here?
Simple: your immediate focus should be on how to succeed in business. Spending the first 20% of your time being productive and growing your empire will theoretically produce a bigger yield than doing so in the final 20% of your day.
As such, you should consider all other tasks in your checklist as secondary items that can be pushed back for later in the day, next week, or even next month.
Business Lesson #6 – Don’t Lie To Yourself
“I’ll make that deadline.”
“I can have my channel launched according to schedule.”
“There’s nothing more about my product to improve.”
Sometimes these statements might be true – but a lot of the time phrases like these are just excuses to avoid extra work.
You might be able to kid those around you – but what’s the point in lying to yourself? At the end of the day – if your gut tells you everything isn’t 100% set, chances are you’re lying to yourself.
There’s no shame in not meeting personal deadlines now and again. It’s better to admit it to yourself early on and consider how you can manage things better in the future than continue to lie to yourself and allow your business to suffer as a result.
Business Lesson #7 – Listen To Those You Respect
Sorry to break it to you, gents. The fact is you don’t know everything there is to know about your business niche and never will.
That’s okay – no single man knows everything. However, get 10 similar guys in the same room and the chances of widespread knowledge significantly rise.
My point is – consider your own knowledge limited at all times and don’t be afraid to listen to the advice of those you respect.
Now I’m not saying listen to everybody – while you want to be open to constructive feedback and suggestions, be selective with those you listen to. It’s okay to hear what different people say, but learn to block out the comments of those who are out to put you down and stunt your growth.
By now, your mind should already be made up on who you trust to give constructive feedback on how to succeed in business.
Ask yourself: whose voices really matter to me? Who has followed their own advice and succeeded?
Who do you really respect? The list might be short – but those guys will be like fountains of knowledge for you to gain great insights from.
Business Lesson #8 – Be Independent
Now I know I just said to listen to those around you. After all – listening is a good thing.
However, dropping back on your authority by letting others make decisions for you? That’s not such a good thing.
Remember: it’s your life. It’s your business in the making. It’s your vision.
If you want to take pride in your future successes – it’s vital to call the shots and be ready to face the consequences of those decisions.
That’s the only way you’ll stay clear of anyone who tries to deceive or manipulate you for their own personal gain. The fact is entrepreneurship is like jungle survival – you’re either a fierce predator or helpless prey.
Business Lesson #9 – Create A Good Working Environment
There’s a reason I maintain a good atmosphere and a drama-free environment at RMRS – I want my company associated with positivity.
It’s important to me that people know my brand as one that builds others up instead of tearing them down. Sure, some ideas I might contest and suggest improvements on – but this is always done in the spirit of aiding personal development rather than indulging in arrogance.
I believe in good karma, gents. Treat others how you wish to be treated yourself and you’re pretty much guaranteed to get the best result from those who work from you.
Business Lesson #10 – Know Your Worth
Every entrepreneur should treat customers like the most important people around. After all – your customers are essentially the people you rely on to pay the bills. Without them – your business could run at a loss.
Of course, every man has to have expectations and self-respect. Being good to your customers doesn’t mean giving them whatever they want whenever they want.
‘The customer is not always right – but they are the customer. So if they are wrong, let them be wrong with dignity and respect.’ – Shep Hyken
For example – my business is providing good advice to men looking to improve their style. I’ll pass on my thoughts, constructive criticisms, and help in every single way that I possibly can. However, it’s not my place to go out and buy every single one of my customers a new wardrobe from my own pocket.
What I’m trying to say is you should treat your customers well within the boundaries of your service. Be patient, be kind but don’t let them take you for a ride.
Business Lesson #11 – Accept Your Weaknesses
You’re not good at everything.
It’s hard to admit – I know.
However, I’ll let you in on a little secret. Turning yourself into an expert in every aspect of your business is harder work than simply employing someone who can do the job better than you can.
Straight after reading this article, I want you guys to identify where your weaknesses lie.
By doing this, you will gain insight into the areas of your business model that you might need to employ someone to assist with. Even if it means hiring a sales guy who takes 25% of the loot, it’s the better option if selling isn’t your forte.
In the long run – employing an expert at a cost will actually end up increasing your future profits. Sure, it might sting at first but trust me when I say that paying the right man for the job pays off more often than not.
Business Lesson #12 – Success Isn’t Guaranteed
Many people understandably prefer a guaranteed paycheck with a fixed sum of money.
No risk, uncertainty, or sleepless nights.
However, knowing how to succeed in business is also accepting that what you’re doing is risky. You’ve got to make decisions based on faith, even if there’s little evidence your plan will work.
With risk comes the possibility of both failure and success. At the end of the day, entrepreneurship is about playing your best hand and working with what you’ve got.
Just be aware that sometimes you might fail. That’s okay – pick yourself back up, dust off the scuffs, and carry on with the grind.
Business Lesson #13 – Face Your Fears
Never let fear stop you from taking action – let it push you forward into succeeding like you never thought you could.
If you’re scared of the unknown, don’t forget that every entrepreneur has been there and every future one will be.
In most cases, taking a calculated risk (one that you’ve researched and concluded to be worthwhile) is a better way of succeeding than taking a leap of faith.
After all, the more realistic your goals look, the better you’ll manage your fears.
Knowing how to succeed in business is all about weighing up the pros and cons and acting regardless of the fear that comes with risky decisions.
Business Lesson #14 – Embrace Failure
Rejections will come. Disappointments will be felt.
Don’t let them prevent you from trying again and again until you get it right. You decide when to stop.
A good mantra for any entrepreneur is:
When you fail, fail fast.
Basically: pick yourself back up the very second you fall.
Success is all about the ways you reassess your failings and search for something else that works. Only consider quitting if:
- You feel you’ve tried everything doable
- People you care for are negatively affected.
Business Lesson #15 – Own Your Business (Don’t Let It Own You)
Bear in mind that you’re a person first and an entrepreneur second.
You must establish barriers between the business and non-business aspects of your life. Otherwise, you’ll end up living the same narrative as those workaholics in Click and The Devil Wears Prada.
A long-term goal you should strive towards is the total systematization of your business so it can eventually run on its own. That means you won’t have to sacrifice so much personal time to constantly check up on things.
Family and personal relationships should always take priority – don’t let your home life suffer for the sake of profit. After all – what’s the use in money if you haven’t got a great family to enjoy it with?
Business Lesson #16 – Work Smart And Know Your Limits
Know this: the average entrepreneur works effectively for 35 hours a week (not 40).
The problem with more hours is you tend to expand the time it takes to complete a certain task rather than use your time effectively.
Fewer hours will help you cut all the “fat” off your agenda each day. You’ll focus on what really matters to gain the highest possible returns.
It’s important to note that as you work, you become more and more tired. Somewhere within your day you’ll reach peak performance and from that moment your productivity levels will begin to drop. Managing your time correctly and knowing when enough is enough is a key skill when considering how to succeed in business.
Business Lesson #17 – Never Stop Learning
Whether you’re fresh out of college or have 20 years’ managerial experience in the bag, learning never ends.
No matter how much you think you know, you can always read or listen to new ideas and perspectives. That’s how to stay on top your game as an entrepreneur.
As the years pass, more and more new information becomes available on business theory and market economics. If you don’t keep up to date on the latest research, chances are your business will fall behind the times and fade into obscurity.
In order to avoid this – make sure you’re always improving your knowledge bank. Listen to podcasts, read books and watch documentaries on your own business interests. Doing so will not only keep you up to date but will also provide you with a more productive pastime than that games console in your lounge ever could.
Business Lesson #18 – Take Good Care Of Your Body
I once attended a coaching program in Chicago along with 50 other business owners, most of whom were more successful than I was.
We were all asked what we’d like to improve about ourselves in the next three years.
Surprisingly, 75% of those great men mentioned their health when considering how to succeed in business and improve their lives in general.
If even successful people who presumably have lots of money might have trouble taking care of themselves, what about new entrepreneurs?
It’s a medical fact that your body needs the right nutrition, plus enough rest and exercise in order for you to stay sharp and productive. What’s the use in a great brain if you haven’t provided your body with the correct nutrition to fuel it at 100% capacity?
My advice would be to invest in healthy foods that will help to fuel your body and mind for a day of good hustling. Don’t let what you eat get in the way of your potential successes. Sure, burgers are pretty nice – but profits are much, much nicer.
18 Lessons I Learned As An Entrepreneur
There we have it, gents – 18 important lessons I’m passing on to current and future entrepreneurs who need clarity on succeeding in business.
At the end of the day, every man will learn from his own achievements and errors along his path to business success. Despite my experience – there will be items missing from this list. Not because I forgot to put them in, but simply because I’m still learning myself.
After all these years, I can still confirm that running a business isn’t easy. However, with the right preparation and the right people around you – success will eventually come knocking on the door.
Just be patient, stay consistent, and always have fun along the way!
Good luck, gentlemen.
Want to know more about how to succeed in business? Check out my 5 tips to create the perfect business card.
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By: Antonio Centeno
Title: 18 Lessons I Learned As An Entrepreneur (How To Succeed In Business)
Sourced From: www.realmenrealstyle.com/million-dollar-business-lessons/
Published Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2023 10:10:00 +0000
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Horizontal vs. Vertical Stripes | Fact and Fiction About Striped Clothing
Q: I’ve heard in the past that horizontal stripes make someone look wider and vertical stripes make them look taller and thinner. But I keep seeing studies going back and forth whether this is true. Who do I believe?
A: Three decades or so of research on this question have yielded inconsistent results. A more recent study seems to show that this is because the answer is actually more complicated than we all would like.
There’s a famous optical illusion called the Helmholtz Illusion, discovered by a man named Helmholtz in 1867.
- Which of these squares looks thinner and taller than the other? Most people would say the left square looks thinner and taller.
But that seems to go against the conventional wisdom that horizontal stripes make a person look fatter/wider. Wouldn’t it be the other way around?
- A number of studies have tested this effect and have found conflicting results. Why would fashion work differently than this famous optical illusion?
- Three Japanese researchers noticed some interesting patterns in the previous research. They all presented pictures of models wearing either horizontal or vertical stripes. However, they weren’t using the same models: some were fat and some were thin. Additionally, they were all shaded differently. And finally, they were presented in various orders.
- These researchers decided there were multiple factors at play here and published a study testing their hypotheses in the journal i-Perception in 2013.
- The researchers did a number of studies testing the possibility that three factors were influencing all the previous research on this subject that has been conducted:
Whether the model is slim or fat.
Whether previous judgments of other people influence later judgments of different people.
Whether judgments are so varied between people that the whole thing isn’t very useful.
- 31 undergraduate students (63% female) were recruited for the study.
- The students were placed in a chair and put their chin in a chin rest that ensured that their eyes were a certain distance from a computer screen.
- A number of computer images were flashed in the screens depicting people wearing clothing with either horizontal or vertical lines.
- The size of the images was digitally altered to be either slim or wide.
- Two figures were shown side-by-side for 1.8 seconds. One had horizontal stripes and the other had vertical stripes. Then, participants were to judge which of the images were fatter and press a key indicating their response.
- This method was done 20 times with slim figures and 20 times with fat figures, or with the fat figures first and then the slim figures.
So what do you think – is conventional wisdom true for fashion, or is the Helmholtz Illusion the main driving factor?
- The conventional wisdom was not found to be true. Horizontal stripes don’t make people look fatter and vertical stripes don’t make people look slimmer and taller.
- BUT sometimes the stripes didn’t really make a difference at all.
Which factors influenced whether the Helmholtz Illusion held true for the figures?
- Size of the Model:
- YES. Slender models look even thinner with horizontal stripes (supporting the Helmholtz Illusion and going against conventional wisdom).
- But this effect was not as strong for the wide models – for wide models, the type of stripe BY ITSELF actually didn’t have as much of an influence at all.
- Order of Presentation:
- YES. Here’s an interesting result. When SLENDER models were shown first to people, and then wide models, the Helmholtz Illusion was strongest of all (Horizontal stripes make people seem taller and slenderer) for both groups. This applied to both fat and slender images. Again, conventional wisdom does not seem to hold.
- When the wide models were shown first, the type of stripe did NOT seem to matter for anyone.
- Variance Between Observers:
- YES. Significantly, the researchers found that, even though there were noticeable results when they compared averages, there was a wide variety of results across all participants.
So how do we interpret the results of this experiment? Here are some important conclusions that can be inferred from the results:
In no case was the conventional wisdom found to be true. Horizontal stripes did not, on the whole, make someone look wider. Vertical stripes, on the whole, did not make a person look taller and slimmer.
In fact, where there was an effect, it supported the opposite conclusion.
Horizontal stripes made slender people look taller and slenderer.
On the fatter models, the kinds of stripes made much less difference.
People’s judgments seemed to be more influenced by what models they had previously judged.
For some reason (that the authors did not fully understand) when participants judged a large group of slender people first, the Helmholtz Illusion got very strong.
What does this mean for laypeople?
It means that when we view a person, we are mentally comparing them to people we have already seen.
Here’s the (very strange but scientifically supported) bottom line:
- If a fat person is going to an event full of thin people, horizontal stripes may actually make them look slimmer and taller.
Why? The researchers weren’t sure.
Finally, there was another big take-away:
There was so much variation between participants in the study that the researchers concluded that stripes may not really, on the whole, make that huge of a difference.
This would explain why all the previous studies since the ‘80s were inconsistent.
This makes it seem like, unless you want to make a calculated, complex decision based on the results in this study, you might make your fashion selections based on other factors instead of whether the stripes are horizontal or vertical.
Whenever science doesn’t seem to go one way or the other, I say trust your own personal judgment.
Ashida, H., Kuraguchi, K., & Miyoshi, K. (2013). Helmholtz illusion makes you look fit only when you are already fit, but not for everyone. I-Perception, 4, 347-351. Link: https://ipe.sagepub.com/content/4/5/347.short
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By: Antonio Centeno
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Published Date: Thu, 07 Dec 2023 15:29:48 +0000
Harvey Specter Style
There’s a lot to envy about Harvey Specter.
The outrageous confidence, the power, the prestige…
The sharp comebacks… and the ultra-sharp suits.
Harvey dresses like he does everything else – strategically.
“People respond to how we’re dressed…
So like it or not, this is what you have to do.”
Everyone’s appearance sends a message – and everything about his says loud and clear:
“I’m not about caring, I’m about winning.”
Of course, he does care – he cares about Mike, he cares about Donna, and he cares about his personal code of ethics. But that’s not the message he chooses to send. There’s nothing soft about his look.
”If they think you care, they’ll walk all over you.”
Read on to find out how to get the sharp and powerful Harvey Specter look.
Okay, let’s break this down. What are the main elements of Harvey Specter’s style strategy? Number 1, of course, has to be…
1. The Suit
Harvey is virtually ALWAYS seen in an expensive suit. Gabriel Macht, who plays him, says: ‘He’s a man of style… we really wanted him to be this man’s man. A real masculine, strong, Steve McQueen-type of guy who could pull off a three piece suit and make it a modern thing, wide lapels and all.’
How does Harvey pull off his suits? Using two things you can learn right here at RMRS – confidence and the style pyramid of fit, fabric, and function. The fit of his suits is always on point, which takes extra effort for men with a tall body type (Gabriel Macht is 6’0.5?/183cm.) The fabrics are top quality – early season suits were mostly dark high twisted worsted wool, but recently he’s wearing silk-wool blends that add an unusual shine.
And as for function (appropriateness for the situation)? As a workaholic hotshot lawyer, Harvey lives for high-powered formal situations where a suit is required. He doesn’t suit up when it’s outright inappropriate… which means we see him in something else a good 2% of the time.
Harvey has a medium contrast complexion and dresses well for it, most often pairing gray, charcoal, and occasionally navy or black suits with white shirts. Gray and white form a sleek, classic combination that shows he means serious business.
Where a man with just one or two suits might stick to solid colors and maybe a pinstripe, Harvey has a wardrobe of different suit patterns including sharkskin, Prince of Wales checks and stripes – he prefers the bolder rope stripes to pinstripes (pinstripes are just one thread wide, rope stripes are several.)
He wears a slim fit with high armholes and strong structured shoulders – highlighting his athletic physique. Wide peak lapels give him a powerful broad-shouldered ‘v’ shape – the key to wearing them like he does is to get the gorge of the lapel not too high and not too low. If it peaks out over your shoulders, it is too much, and if it is too low it looks too old school.
Peak lapels are more formal – he sets himself apart by wearing them (except sometimes when he’s in a three-piece suit, which is more formal anyway). Because they’re more common on a tuxedo, on a business suit they suggest authority and/or arrogance.
Taking a deeper dive into suit jacket details, the big flap pockets on his jackets are a little unusual with peak lapels; jetted pockets are more normal.
You might expect to see a three-button suit on him because he’s a ‘buttoned up’ character and it would suit his tall athletic build. However, Harvey knows TWO buttons are the best choice for a single-breasted suit with peak lapels. It’s a classic elegant look that’s been around since the 1920s – two buttons leave room for longer lapels and accentuate them more.
His jacket cuffs, on the other hand, are as formal and buttoned-up as they get, with four buttons on each. The more buttons on the cuffs, the more formal the jacket, with single buttons denoting a sports jacket.
Pants are slim but not tight, with an ironed crease down the front, no pleats, no break and usually no cuffs. This suits his strict character – very neat and no fuss.
2. The Shirts
Harvey mostly wears plain white dress shirts – again, the most formal color. He also favors pale blue, and occasionally a gingham or stripe. The tall semi-spread collars accentuate his ‘v’ shape.
His shirts are very well fitted and always let a sliver of cuff show outside his jacket. He usually prefers simple classic button cuffs, but occasionally goes for the fancier French cuffs and cufflinks.
3. The Accessories
“Get your skinny tie out of my face and get to work.”
Harvey’s ties are always silk – navy grenadine is a favorite. Dark purple and black are other favorite colors. His look is VERY monochrome – it’s part of the character.
His ties vary between 3 and 3.5 inches wide, a classic width. He doesn’t wear anything too young and trendy. His wider ties and lapels contrast with Mike’s skinny ones and make him look more powerful.
He favors the full Windsor tie knot – a powerful, formal, ‘serious business’ knot that marks him out as a guy who knows how to dress and looks great with his wide lapels and semi-spread collars.
He’s rarely seen without a dimple in his ties, showing he knows how to dress and pays attention to the details. The one time his tie dimple is off center, Donna notices something is wrong!
With a tux he wears a diamond-pointed bow tie instead of the normal shape. That’s quirkier than you’d expect from him, but it’s like the peak lapels – sharp and pointed – which suits his aggressive and incisive mind.
He always wears a pocket square in a square Presidential fold, usually white or gray. A white pocket square in a square fold is as formal as they come and suits his businesslike, no-nonsense image. You won’t see him with a flower in his lapel – this is a hard and sharp look, nothing soft or romantic on this determinedly unemotional guy. To finish the look, he chooses simple and bold metal cufflinks.
Earlier in the series, Harvey was seen wearing a bold statement chronograph watch with a leather strap – a status symbol meant to mark him out as a successful man. The watch has since disappeared because of the technical constraints of filming for TV. Gabriel Macht says:
‘As great as the show is, it really doesn’t lend itself to detail. Other than some necklaces you might see Jessica wear, you don’t see any jewelry.’
#4. The Shoes
Because of the nature of TV, you don’t often see Harvey’s shoes, and they’re not a big focus of his costume. He’s been seen in black cap-toed derbies, and black or brown oxford brogues – all classic smart dress shoes, although brown full brogues are a bit more casual than you’d expect from him.
5. Casual Clothing
Aside from the suit, he’s been seen in a classic black button-down shirt; well-fitting jeans; a white or heathered grey henley; beige chinos; and a navy v-neck and coat over a white shirt. (Not a casual shirt, by the way, just a dress shirt like he’d wear to the office – showing his wardrobe, like his life, is mostly work.)
6. The Hair
In 2011 Gabriel Macht said of Harvey’s original slicked-back do, “It’s supposed to be the modern version of the old-style man’s haircut, sort of like Gregory Peck or Cary Grant.”
But as more sides of the character have emerged his hair has evolved- now it’s more vertical, but still strict and structured, featuring a tight side-part (on the left side) with a subtle pompadour in the front.
To get this look, you need the sides cut short (not buzzed) and some length on top.
Run a strong hold gel (or pomade for less shine) through towel dried hair then blow dry on a low heat while combing the front upwards. The longer you blow-dry the front, the more volume you’ll get.
Then apply more gel and use your comb to cut the side-part and sculpt the front hair up and back. Fix with a little hairspray.
If you prefer his earlier slicked-back style, you want a similar cut with squared-off sideburns and a square neckline and shaved part. Again, apply some gel to your hair before blow-drying, then comb it back with pomade and set with hairspray.
I don’t recommend that every man dresses exactly like Harvey Specter. It’s a very stark monochromatic look, and for guys with more fun and warmth in their personalities, it might not suit you. You can emulate his confidence without exactly copying his look.
What I DO recommend is that you copy Harvey Specter in dressing strategically. Think about what YOUR message is, and make sure every stitch on your body and every hair on your head communicates it.
‘Get it through your head – first impressions last.’
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By: Antonio Centeno
Title: Harvey Specter Style
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Published Date: Mon, 04 Dec 2023 18:04:09 +0000
ONE Cologne Men Should Buy? Jeremy Fragrance Recommendations
If you’re a stylish man…
Could you own a single
- Dress shirt?
- Pair of shoes?
There’s no clothing item that’s good for ALL situations (color, pattern & formality come into play).
It’s different for colognes – or fragrances.
How many colognes does a man really need?
The answer? One.
One cologne can rule them all…just ask Jeremy Fragrance.
Here’s what he has to say about buying the perfect men’s fragrance.
Why Use A Men’s Fragrance?
Style isn’t just about clothing. True style encompasses everything about yourself that you show others: your confidence, your communication skills, and your smell.
Your scent is an invisible component of your personal style. It can influence how people – from strangers in the subway to colleagues at work – perceive you.
That’s where fragrances come in. Fragrance is the generic term for grooming sprays that improve one’s own scent. The majority of fragrances are perfumes.
Certain perfumes have a lighter, more masculine smell and are better suited for men. They’re commonly known as colognes (especially in North America). In the end though…they’re all types of fragrances.
But what’s shocking is the fact that 80% of males don’t regularly use a men’s fragrance. If you’re one of them, chances are your reason might be:
- You’re not familiar with the basics and terminology of fragrances
- You don’t know which product to buy (or where to start)
- You’re afraid of doing it wrong or smelling bad
- Fragrances are “unmanly” or only for women
Those reasons share a common ground – ignorance. So there’s only one solution to this kind of problem, and that’s getting information. You want good solid info on fragrances as well as how to choose the right fragrance for you. Great knowledge means great power.
Now I know this will take time. You can read up, watch a few videos, learn the opinions of experts. But you won’t immediately feel like making your own choice. You may not want to pay lots of money for a risky product…or products.
Maybe you’d rather play it safe and find a “universal” men’s fragrance. Why not? We all have busy lives. We spend enough energy deciding which suit, tie or dress shoes to wear every morning. Is it okay to stick with just one fragrance?
Actually – yes! Take the advice of my friend Jeremy who runs the Jeremy Fragrance YouTube channel. Jeremy is a scent connoisseur with the ultimate passion for fragrances. He’s the first guy who’d tell you that men can use fragrance to come off stronger and more confident wherever they go, whoever they’re with.
Below are Jeremy’s nominations for the one fragrance you’ll need…
Jeremy Fragrance: Category #1 – All-Around Fragrance
Remember what fragrances are at their core…a group of chemicals.
You spray them at a distance of 3-6 inches from the skin. You let the fragrance strike the warm parts of your body (neck, shoulders, chest, forearms, inner elbows, etc.) so as to mix with your body chemistry.
But if a product isn’t versatile enough – you can’t count on it alone. It needs to survive in both extreme heat and cold…or else the aromatic chemicals may evaporate or lose their strength over time.
So when it comes to an all-around fragrance, you need a jack of all trades. It can pass as a date fragrance or fragrance for formal occasions. But it’s not top-notch in any particular area. That being said…it probably won’t matter as long as you smell awesome!
Jeremy Fragrance’s Recommendation: Sauvage Cologne for Men (Christian Dior)
This cologne has distinct notes of Calabrian bergamot and pepper. The scent isn’t too imposing and gives off the vibe of breezy, open fields. Johnny Depp has appeared in ads for this fragrance.
Jeremy Fragrance: Category #2 – Best Fragrance For Work
Most of us are pretty career-driven. We go to work each day with big goals and aspirations at the back of our minds. I’ll be CEO someday. I’ll be making six figures. I’ll be successful in this field.
That’s a good mindset. But doing the same menial tasks, not being challenged, earning points from the higher-ups…it can feel un-stimulating for now. It can cause you to lose focus. Or lose sight of the prize.
So what can you do to stay alert and excited while spending hours at the office? You’d be surprised. Certain fragrances can actually heighten your alertness during tasks that require a lot of concentration.
Those scents can also reduce levels of fatigue or anxiety. They let time pass more quickly for you as you’re no longer thinking about the time. You just do what’s required of you productively…thanks to an external stimulus.
Jeremy Fragrance’s Recommendation: Prada L’Homme for Men (Prada)
This is the fragrance to wear to the office during daytime hours. It’s a combination of iris and amber (classic Prada ingredients) which is similar to the smell of fresh fabric softeners. You can say it’s more “professional” since it’s not citrusy-sharp but an airy, powdery, and elegant scent.
Jeremy Fragrance: Category #3 – Best Fragrance For Dating
A man sees but a woman smells. That’s right. Studies in Europe prove that a man’s scent is the #1 factor for the ladies in a potential partner.
It does make sense. Women are known to have more complex senses of smell (whereas men tend to only categorize smells as either “good” or “bad”).
That can explain why women enjoy getting flowers for gifts. Or why they might have a variety of perfumes in their homes. In fact, a scent can do wonders for a woman’s mood when you interact with her.
One experiment reveals that women would more likely give their number to a guy they met in a pleasant-smelling area – compared to a not-so-pleasant area. So imagine how much more impact a man’s body smell has! You’ll want to take advantage.
Jeremy Fragrance’s Recommendations:
Versace Eros Cologne for Men (Versace)
This cologne is tailor-made for seduction and grabbing attention. It invigorates the ladies’ senses with a fusion of mint oil, Italian lemon, green apple, and geranium flowers. Put it on to give yourself maximum confidence when you approach women at bars or public places.
Spicebomb Extreme Cologne for Men (Viktor & Rolf)
You can call it a “big fat mass of sweetness” because that’s what it is – consisting of vanilla, lavender, tobacco, and caraway. It’s not as aggressive as the Versace Eros, but it draws women to you in more intimate settings. Picture yourself cuddling your partner by the fireplace inside a snow-covered wooden house. The Spicebomb will add to that romance.
Click Below To Watch The Video – Only ONE Cologne You Need?
Read next: The 30 Popular Men’s Fragrance Brands
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Published Date: Mon, 04 Dec 2023 14:34:19 +0000
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